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Old 12-17-2012, 05:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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The Honda CR-Z's refresh for 2013 emphasizes it's sporting pretentions. In order to ensure the Japanese buying public knows this, Honda has created a track-driving school and amateur competitions. The Japanese website is a little difficult to understand, even with translation websites.

Called the, Honda Sports and Eco Program, it has a variety of events at multiple price levels. The entry-level "Riding School Experience" consists of a few laps of basic instruction and costs 9,000 yen or about $107.00 USD.

Above this is whole school devoted to driving the CR-Z and includes classroom and track time.

Stepping up to the CR-Z Eco Challenge race series costs 84,000 yen which is just over $1,000 USD. Racers in this competition compete for the best fuel economy achieved while maintaining a designated lap-time.

Above this is the 10 Liter Challenge which is a sprint series where racers have a limited quantity of fuel to complete 8 laps of the track. Costing 210,000 yen which is just over $2,500 USD, this series requires a Japanese racing license. The racecar is provided as in all other CR-Z events but fuel economy makes this different sort of race than normal sprint car series.

So, the question is, who is going over to Japan to race CR-Zs?

[Source: Honda Sport Eco Program]
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Old 12-17-2012, 05:54 PM   #2 (permalink)
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i wish they would do something like this in the USA. i would totally do it
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If this happened in the US I'd be down but of course it wont.
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CR-Z's look kinda neat, decked out in racing livery.

Sounds like a neat idea. Good promotion, but would this kind of eco-race catch on in any other country, let alone the land of the muscle car?
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I could soo see this type of event happening at Homestead Miami Speedway. That would be so cool.
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If this happened in the US I'd be down but of course it wont.
If this happened in the US, 8 people would show up, 6 of which would race.
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If this happened in the US, 8 people would show up, 6 of which would race.
Exactly!
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If this happened in the US, 8 people would show up, 6 of which would race.
The said that about F1! Look what happened in Texas!
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The said that about F1! Look what happened in Texas!
Yeah, but there's a difference between an international motorsport and a race for hybrids with an already niche market.
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If this happened in the US, 8 people would show up, 6 of which would race.
I would be 1/6. Already redoing my car to set it up for track days.
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